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Art Students Recognized with Scholastic Art Awards

Pittsford Central School District high school art students won a combined 27 Scholastic Art Awards this year. Rachel Doane, an 11th grade Mendon High School student, was awarded a National Silver Medal for work that demonstrated “high honors on the national level.” Her photography submission, “Kids in Water,” was selected from the nearly 340,000 works of art and writing submitted nationally to the Scholastic Awards in 2018/19.

Twenty-six PCSD students received regional awards as part of the “Northeast Region at Large” group which included approximately 7,000 entrants from New York State, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Contemporary artists judged student work and recognized students with awards in three categories: Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention.

National Scholastic Silver Medal Winner

Rachel Doane Rachel Doane - Photography, “Kids in Water,” MHS


Regional Gold Key Awards                                    


  • Evan Cunningham - Drawing, “Five Headed Self Portrait”
  • Annesha Dasgupta - Drawing, “School’s Out”


  • Yawen Ding - Painting, “Dissolution of Thought: Suspension”


Regional Silver Key Awards


  • Anna Belyablya - Drawing, “My Sister”
  • Madeleine Eckhardt - Ceramics, “Ceramic Relief Tile”
  • Ali Hess - Mixed Media, “Sewn Lady”
  • Mckenna Owen - Painting, “Rusted Coins”
  • Sabrina Wesley - Comic Art, “The Debtor”
  • Sabrina Wesley - Illustration, Art Portfolio


  • Yawen Ding - Sculpture, “Hipplant”
  • Annie Glenning - Painting, “Erie Canal”
  • Katherine Moon - Print, “Sleep”
  • Jasper Owen - Illustration, “Deadwood”
  • John Scharf - Animation, “Eggs on Leggs”
  • Sarah Woodams - Photograph, “Frozen Spring”


Regional Honorable Mentions


  • Anna Belyablya - Drawing, “Bones”
  • Hanna Berger - Photography, “Beach Dream”
  • Madeleine Eckhardt - Painting, “Impasto Apple”
  • Abi Graham-Luke - Drawing, “Duct Tape Still Life”
  • Sierra Krienke - Drawing, “Pastel Back Bone”
  • Casey Memmott - Drawing, “Baby Dots”
  • Melissa Rosen - Painting, “Sarah”
  • Tianyue Shi - Drawing, “Self Portrait in Purple”


  • Kate Paku - Animation, “Self-Expression”
  • Vitaly Pronin - Art Portfolio, “Stylized Characters”
  • Skanda Sriganesh - Painting, “Waterfall Paradise”

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running and most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teens in grades 7–12. This honor opens doors for students by providing access to scholarship programs and workshops and the ability to have work published and displayed in regional and national exhibitions.

Silver Award Winning Photo of kids in rain  

“Kids in Water,” by MHS student Rachel Doane, won a National Scholastic Silver Medal